Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Arctic Wolf Offers Security Operations Center (SOC)-as-a-Service

Arctic Wolf Networks, a start-up based in Sunnyvale, California with offices in Ontario, Canada, is launching a Security Operations Center (SOC)-as-a-Service aimed at mid-sized companies.

The Arctic Wolf service provides a cloud-based security incident and event management (SIEM) application combined with a team of expert security engineers committed to the client's operational requirements.

The company said that for less than the salary of a single security engineer, its turnkey service can provide a fully operational cyber-SOC to mid-market companies and give them the peace of mind that comes from vigilant cybersecurity. Each customer is assigned a dedicated security engineer, who analyzes logs, weeds through the all alerts to eliminate false positives and conducts any necessary security forensics to definitively identify any breach or attack.  The AWN cloud, with its proprietary SIEM, expedites the process using its advanced machine learning capabilities and automated user behavioral analytics and integrates data from external threat feeds to proactively identify suspicious behavior.

“While working with nearly every Fortune 500 company as the CEO of Blue Coat, I saw first hand how large enterprises combatted cyber attacks with some of the most advanced SOC operations in the world and realized that this was what every company needed,” said Brian NeSmith, co-founder and chief executive officer at Arctic Wolf.  “AWN cyber-SOC is based on this experience and is specifically designed to deliver affordable, enterprise-class SOC services to companies of any size.”

  • Arctic Wolf Networks has raised $27.2 million and is backed by Lightspeed Venture Partners and Redpoint.
  • Arctic Wolf is headed by Brian NeSmith, who previous was CEO of Blue Coat Systems. Before that, he was the CEO of Ipsilon Networks (acquired by Nokia). 

Wave2Wave Launches Robotic Optical Switches for Data Centers

Wave2Wave Solution introduced a line of robotic optical switches for automating physical fiber connections in high-density data centers.

The Wave2Wave "ROME" Robotic Optical Management Engine platforms, which are offered in three sizes, enable full control of physical fiber connections, allowing changes to be made automatically, remotely, quickly, and without manual intervention.  The robotic systems are designed in 19-inch chassis. The company said its system can be integrated with Software-Defined Networking (SDN) or network management software.

“Today’s digital trends are putting pressure on data centers, and even more pressure on the network architects who design and upgrade them,” said David Wang, founder and CEO of Wave2Wave. “ROME is a game-changing tool. It reduces the physical cabling in the traditional data center infrastructure by more than 10 times, allowing flexibility, intelligence and control that never existed before.”

ROME 500 is now available worldwide, and ROME 1000 and 2000 will become available in the second half of 2016.

Verizon to Test SpiderCloud's LTE-U

Verizon will trial SpiderCloud Wireless' LTE-U system for delivering capacity over unlicensed spectrum in high-density indoor environments.

LTE-U (LTE-Unlicensed) uses the unlicensed 5GHz band to increase throughput via carrier aggregation with licensed bands.

SpiderCloud said its LTE-U Enterprise Radio Access Network (E-RAN) can deliver LTE capacity over licensed and unlicensed spectrum to thousands of subscribers in high-density venues such as multi-tenant business offices, shopping malls, hospitals, university campuses and concert halls. Its centralized co-existence manager self-organizing network (SON) software enables its system to coexist with hundreds of ad-hoc Wi-Fi access points. Verizon will trial SpiderCloud’s LTE-U system in the third quarter of 2016.

Hortonworks Sees Q4 Revenues Rise 196%

Hortonworks reported revenue of $37.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2015, an increase of 196 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2014. Gross billings were $52.1 million for the quarter, a 63 percent increase over gross billings of $31.9 million in the same period last year. There was a GAAP gross profit of $21.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to gross loss of $46.2 million in the same period last year.

"We are pleased with our fourth quarter performance, which was highlighted by support subscription revenue growth of 146% year-over-year," said Rob Bearden, chief executive officer and chairman of the board of directors of Hortonworks. "We more than doubled our customer base in 2015 and exited the year with over 800 customers. As evidenced by our 159% dollar-based net expansion rate over the trailing four quarters, we are excited to serve as the preferred IT partner during this transformational period in the data management industry."

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Coriant Offers Converged IP-Optical for Mobile Backhaul

Coriant is introducing an IP-Optical solution for mobile backhaul evolution in LTE and LTE-A networks.

Specifically, Coriant is combining its 8600 Smart Router Series, which is widely deployed in Tier 1 mobile networks, with optical layer capabilities to deliver an enhanced multi-layer solution with SDN programmability features.

The company said tighter coupling between the IP and optical domains will enable mobile operators to address key challenges as LTE/LTE-A networks evolve over time to support the stringent performance requirements of 5G. These challenges include an approximately 20-fold increase in end-user data rates (up to 10Gpbs) compared to LTE/LTE-A, ultra-low latency of 1msec round trip, and ultra-dense deployments that will set unprecedented requirements for synchronization of cells sites as small and overlapping cell sites proliferate.

Some highlights of the Coriant multi-layer solution include:

  • Synchronization – optimized for ultra-dense small cell architectures and CoMP/MIMO transmission environments, Coriant’s suite of integrated synchronization capabilities (frequency, time-of-day, phase) supports the stringent end-to-end synchronization demands of LTE-TDD, LTE-A, and 5G-ready networks.
  • Enhanced IP-Optical Layer Optimization – to support cost-efficient scalability in evolving backhaul networks, Coriant is extending the reach and cost/performance benefits of optical layer transmission with the introduction of colored interfaces on its 8600 Smart Routers. In addition, the 8600 Series is designed to support interworking with Coriant’s newly introduced Pluggable Optical Layer.
  • LTE-A/5G-optimized Scalability – from cell site access at 10G to multi-terabit switching and transport in aggregation and metro core applications, the Coriant IP-Optical Solution delivers optimal capacity-, space-, and power-efficient scalability across the mobile backhaul network. By extending optical layer connectivity closer to the mobile edge and maximizing lowest cost-per-bit optical transport, the Coriant multi-layer solution can help network operators cost-efficiently address current LTE-A capacity and performance demands, while creating the scalable foundation for the massive scalability requirements of future 5G services and a world of highly distributed Internet of Things (IoT) applications.
  • Multi-layer SDN Automation – powered by the Coriant Transcend SDN Solution, which includes a recently introduced SDN packet controller, the Coriant IP-Optical Solution enables multi-layer and multi-domain SDN automation and control for optimal utilization of network resources, improved reliability, and simplified end-to-end provisioning. 

“Recent industry research has reinforced the critical challenge that mobile backhaul networks face as they brace for the new scalability, latency, and synchronization requirements of 5G,” said Mikko Hannula, Director of Product Management, Coriant. “Optimizing the value of both the IP and optical layers with purpose-built solutions and ensuring world-class synchronization will enable network operators to scale cost-efficiently as they transform mobile backhaul networks to support a new era of mobile broadband and cloud connectivity.”

Dialogic Jumps into Cloud-based Communications Apps Business

Dialogic announced a strategic shift towards cloud-optimized applications and infrastructure for service providers, enterprises, and developers. The privately-held company, which is based in Parsippany, New Jersey, a the leading supplier of software-based media servers and also provides Class 4 switches, MGCF, mobile signaling interworking and VoIP gateways.

As part of its transformation, Dialogic has acquired APEX Communications to accelerate its entrance into real-time communications applications for service provider customers. APEX Communications has been a long-time media processing partner of Dialogic and is a global real-time communications applications supplier with solutions for service provider and enterprise networks.

Dialogic will begin delivering packaged as well as customizable applications, including adding video to existing voice solutions, migrating existing voice / video solutions to WebRTC-based solutions and/or IMS/VoLTE-based solutions, and various forms of IoT communication applications. The company is also launching a new brand and website to reflect its expanded market focus.

“The competitive world is changing rapidly for service providers, and they need to be able to respond quickly, working with platforms and vendors that provide them the flexibility and extensibility to evolve, compete, and win,” said Bill Crank, President and CEO of Dialogic. “Through the acquisition of APEX Communications, Dialogic can now supply ‘mission-critical’ real-time communications applications directly to our customers. Additionally, we’re investing in resources to provide full application development customization of existing applications to meet the needs of customers.”

“We are very excited to be joining Dialogic as a key element of their strategy to deliver applications to service providers.  We’ve been doing just that for many years. We chose Dialogic because we felt its financial condition and global reach will enable applications to be delivered and well supported around the globe going forward,” said Ben Levy, former CEO of APEX Communications, who is now Vice President of Applications at Dialogic.

Wind River Intros NFV Platform for vCPE

Wind River introduced a new Titanium Server CPE platform to speed the deployment of early Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) use cases such as virtualized customer premises equipment (vCPE).

The company said its Titanium Server CPE platform enables service providers to deploy cost-sensitive NFV applications such as a virtual business CPE (vBCPE) on only two servers. Each server runs the full set of carrier grade compute, control, and storage functions, while working to deliver best-in-class virtual network function (VNF) performance to maximize the number of users supported per server and thereby also maximize OPEX savings. At the same time, Titanium Server CPE helps service providers to maintain full carrier grade uptime for their vBCPE services, which enables them to minimize any revenue impact resulting from Service Level Agreement (SLA) penalties triggered by service downtime.

“Use cases such as virtual CPE are emerging as early applications of NFV that can deliver significant operational cost savings as well as improved deployment agility,” said Paul Senyshyn, vice president of commercial operations for networking solutions, Wind River. “As service providers evaluate the NFV benefits and opportunities possible today, Wind River is delivering solutions that can help the industry introduce new services, minimize costs, and maintain carrier grade reliability for business-critical services.”

The latest release of the Titanium Server portfolio provides additional new features including:

  • Dynamic CPU scaling
  • Increased system scalability
  • Support for latest high-performance network interface cards (NICs)
  • Virtual switch packet trace tool
  • Support for “QinQ” tunneling
  • IPv6 support for all interfaces
  • Bulk provisioning and automated deployment capabilities
  • Support for VNF access to hardware acceleration devices, including the Intel Communications Chipset 8925 to 8955 Series

Wind River Offers Reference Design for Virtual Business CPE (vBCPE)

Wind River introduced a reference design for a virtual business customer premises equipment (vBCPE), following extensive collaboration with four Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) software partners: Brocade, Check Point, InfoVista and Riverbed.

The vBCPE design, which runs on the Wind River Titanium Server™ NFV infrastructure (NFVI) platform, supports virtual network functions (VNFs) from each of these partners.

"We are grateful to our VNF partners for their collaboration in developing this reference design,” said Charlie Ashton, senior director of business development for networking solutions, Wind River. “Together we have demonstrated that it’s possible to integrate VNFs from multiple sources into a service chain that provides the end-to-end functionality for an enterprise-class vCPE solution, running on an NFVI platform that ensures carrier grade reliability.”

Fuze Raises $112 Million for UCaaS

Fuze (formerly ThinkingPhones) closed $112 million in financing for its global voice, video, and collaboration services.

Fuze is a global, unified communications as a service (UCaaS) platform for enterprises. In 2015, the company grew revenue by more than 100 percent, adding more than 175 new customers and expanding existing customer relationships.

The new funding was led by Summit Partners and joined by existing investors Bessemer Venture Partners (BVP) and Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV). This investment brings the company’s total funding to $200 million. The new capital will be used to expand global operations and to support continued investment in innovation, with a specific focus on simplifying enterprise communications.

“Enterprises of all sizes are benefiting from new business processes and workflows associated with cloud-based communications platforms. This new investment will enable Fuze to expand geographically and accelerate our innovation to address global demand in the UCaaS, video conferencing, and web collaboration markets,” said Steve Kokinos, CEO & Co-Founder, Fuze . “We view Summit as a long-term strategic partner with deep experience scaling growth stage companies in the enterprise software and communications market. Together with our existing investors TCV, BVP, and G20, Summit’s support will help Fuze realize its vision to be the undisputed leader in this growing market. ”

  • ThinkingPhones acquired Fuze in November 2015. In February 2016, it announced a new corporate brand platform officially uniting the companies as Fuze.
  • Fuze is headquartered in Cambridge, MA, and has additional locations including New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Ottawa, London, Amsterdam, Aveiro (Portugal), Paris, Zurich, and Copenhagen. 

NEC Debuts ExpEther 40G, Connecting PCIe Devices over Ethernet

NEC announced the general availability in North America of its ExpEther 40G technology as an advanced version of ExpEther 1G/10G.

The ExpEther technology enables system expansion by connecting PCI Express devices directly, using an Ethernet infrastructure. As the ExpEther keeps the native PCI Express connectivity, the PCI Express devices can also be operated as a single system, despite being distributed in different locations connected by Ethernet. This process enables standard PCI Express configurations, interruptions, and hot plugging to be remotely performed with an Ethernet LAN, as if they were connected to a virtual single-hop PCI Express switch.

NEC said its ExpEther 40G technology delivers a compelling solution for real-time Big Data processing and other data center workload acceleration. It does so by enabling the connection of GPGPU, NVMe SSD, or FPGA-based accelerators via an Ethernet connection. NEC has closely collaborated with Xilinx, a fellow ExpEther Consortium member, to validate and enable the ExpEther 40G technology as either an IP core or an ExpEther platform leveraging Xilinx UltraScale FPGAs. NEC launched the IP core business in January 2016.

NEC hopes to develop additional business opportunities by collaborating with OpenPOWER foundation members IBM and Xilinx to increase the scalability of ExpEther technology and the Power8 Processor.

President Obama Proposes 35% Boost in Cybersecurity Initiatives

President Obama outlined a $19 billion plans to bolster the nation's cybersecurity posture. This represents a more than 35 percent increase from last year’s national cybersecurity initiatives.

Highlights of the Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP):

  • Establishes a Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity that will bring top strategic, business, and technical thinkers from outside the government to make critical recommendations on how to use new technical solutions and best practices to protect privacy and public safety
  • Transforms how the government will manage cybersecurity through the proposal of a $3.1 billion Information Technology Modernization Fund and a new Federal Chief Information Security Officer to help retire, replace, and modernize legacy IT across the government
  • Empowers Americans to secure their online accounts by using additional security tools – like multi-factor authentication and other identity processing steps – and by working with Google, Facebook, DropBox, Microsoft, Visa, PayPal, and Venmo to secure online accounts and financial transactions.

A10 Networks Hits Revenue of $57 Million, up 25% YoY

A10 Networks posted record quarterly revenue of $56.6 million for Q4 2015, up 25 percent when compared with $45.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2014. Total revenue for the year 2015 was $199.0 million, an increase of 11 percent, compared with $179.5 million reported for the year 2014. On a GAAP basis, A10 Networks reported a net loss for the fourth quarter 2015 of $7.4 million or $0.12 per share, compared with a net loss of $16.0 million or $0.26 per share in the fourth quarter of 2014.

“The fourth quarter was a strong close to the year and we are pleased with our momentum driven by our continued execution and innovation,” said Lee Chen, president and chief executive officer of A10 Networks. “Revenue in the fourth quarter exceeded our guidance and we achieved our third consecutive quarter of record revenue, while significantly improving our bottom line year-over-year. Our results this quarter were driven by a broad-based increase in demand across our ADC, CGN and TPS solutions.

Radisys Posts Q4 Sales of $44 Million, Growth in Software-Systems Sales

Radisys reported Q4 2015 revenue of $44.1 million, compared to $44.8 million in the prior quarter and $48.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2014. Gross margin (GAAP) in the fourth quarter of 2015 was 31.6%, compared to 29.0% in the prior quarter and 29.0% in the fourth quarter of 2014. There was a GAAP net loss of $1.4 million, or $0.04 per share, compared to a GAAP net loss of $2.1 million, or $0.06 per share, in the prior quarter and GAAP net loss of $4.5 million, or $0.12 per share, in the fourth quarter of 2014.

Some highlights for Q4:

  • Software-Systems revenue was $15.7 million, representing over 50% year-on-year growth, with gross margin of 61.5%;
  • Received orders totaling approximately $19 million for the company’s next-generation datacenter infrastructure product, targeted at telecom and cable operators, from a tier-one North American carrier; and
  • GAAP loss per share improved $0.08 year-on-year. Non-GAAP earnings were $0.08 per diluted share, an increase of $0.07 per share year-on-year.
“As highlighted in our January preannouncement, our fourth quarter results are indicative of the strong traction we are making across all of our product lines,” said Brian Bronson, Radisys President and CEO. “For the full year, we shipped over $14 million of MediaEngine product to our large Asian carrier customer, exceeded expectations by delivering over $5 million of FlowEngine products predominately to a tier-one North American carrier and returned CellEngine to revenue growth. These achievements, coupled with strong operating income from our Embedded Products segment, enabled us to exceed our initial guidance for both revenue and earnings in 2015.”

Ruckus Wireless Reaches $100 Million in Sales, up 17% YoY

Ruckus Wireless reported Q4 2015 revenue of $100.1 million, an increase of 16.6% from the fourth quarter of 2014. GAAP net income was $2.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2015, compared with GAAP net income of $2.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2014. GAAP operating income was $3.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2015, compared with GAAP operating income of $3.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2014.

"Our fourth quarter revenue was impacted by a multi-million dollar E-rate opportunity that was postponed late in the quarter. Nevertheless, we achieved non-GAAP operating margin at the high-end of guidance, demonstrating strong operating execution," said Selina Lo, president and chief executive officer, Ruckus Wireless. "I believe our strategy remains sound and our product portfolio differentiated, keeping Ruckus in a position to outgrow the market again in 2016. We are equally focused on driving bottom-line growth in 2016, and we are committed to grow earnings faster than revenue, driving operating margin expansion throughout the year."

A few notes:

  • 11ac access points in aggregate accounted for 79% of access point product sales in the fourth quarter of 2015, up from 74% in the third quarter of 2015. Wave 2 comprised 11% of access point product sales in the fourth quarter.
  • The company reported 16.6% year-over-year revenue growth for the quarter; Americas revenue grew 17.3%, EMEA revenue grew 25.4% and APAC revenue grew 5.9% as compared to the fourth quarter of 2014.
  • Added 11 new service provider end-customers in the fourth quarter of 2015, bringing the total service provider end-customer base to over 260.
  • Added approximately 4,300 enterprise end-customers in the fourth quarter of 2015, bringing the total enterprise end-customer base to over 65,000.

Monday, February 8, 2016

NTT Develops Flexible Access System Architecture with Virtualized OLTs

NTT is developing a new Flexible Access System Architecture (FASA) that aims to leverage a new generation of virtualized optical line terminals (OLTs).

NTT said FASA will not make use of conventional purpose-built equipment, but instead modularize the various individual functions of access equipment as much as possible. The idea is to use generic OLT hardware that allows modularized software components to run for specific functions, such as bandwidth control, OAM, multicast, and future services.  NTT is developing an API with multiple industry partners. The first API is schedule for release in May 2016.

With FASA, the components of access equipment are separated into the three types: 1) Software components, 2) Generic hardware, and 3) External modules. FASA enables access equipment to provide its necessary functions through the unrestricted combination of these three component types. With software components (1), it will become possible to add new functions quickly and flexibly just by adding or updating necessary software in response to the requirements of services. For the generic functions of access equipment, generic hardware (2) will make it less frequently necessary to newly develop equipment from the device level by striving to achieve a set of common generic components. The creation of such components can also be expected to lower equipment costs and make maintenance simpler by reducing the number of component types that need maintenance. For functions like optical transmission that are difficult to address with either software components or generic hardware, things like optimal transmission capacities can be achieved through the use of external modules (3) that can be substituted for dedicated hardware in response to the requirements of services.

NTT is also working on a a visualized testing environment.  Its NetroSphere concept will undertake testing of FASA and other key technologies, such as Multi-Service Fabric (MSF), new server architecture (MAGONIA), and Integrated Management.

NTT's NetroSphere Concept Pushes NFV to Next Level

NTT outlined its work developing the “NetroSphere concept” -- a new way build carrier network infrastructure that differs from other NFV approaches by taking the decoupled software/hardware paradigm all the way down to the component level.

NTT said its approach promises enhanced flexibility and elasticity while also drastically reducing costs. Breaking up the functions of conventional large-scale equipment into modules will enable a greater diversity of suppliers to participate in the market and hence widen the selection of available products.

Instead of using conventional purpose-built high-functionality equipment, NetroSphere aims to divide them into small modular components, and flexibly assemble those components at will.  NetroSphere will not limited to decoupling software components from equipment. It pursues modularization as much as possible, ultimately at the sub-device level such as the CPU and memory. These modules will be distributed in locations that are optimal for each type of them, and prepared to be used as resource pool. Then, they will be virtually assembled to form a virtual system to provide required functions.

There are two components to the NetroSpher concept:  (1) Multi-Service Fabric (MSF), an architectural design of carrier network in which functions are achieved using simple general-purpose servers and switches, and (2) New Server Architecture (MAGONIA).

NTT plans to open its work on “MAGONIA” and “Multi-Service Fabric (MSF)” to other carriers and vendors.

NTT Com Cuts Latency for JPX-SGX Interconnect

NTT Communications has activated a new, ultra-low-latency connectivity service between the Japan Exchange Group (JPX) and Singapore Exchange (SGX). This new connectivity service will offer the telecom industry’s lowest-latency level for international leased lines that directly connect the colocation facilities of JPX and SGX.

The carrier claims a latency of just 63.5 milliseconds between JPX’s Access Point 3-equipped data center (AP3 center), where many financial institutions have their servers, and SGX’s data center. The latency level is a round-trip latency measured using a 1Gbps test cable and 1000Base-LX/64-bite packet environment. The latency level may vary depending on network environment.

Since April 2015, NTT Com's JPX-SGX Co-Location Direct has been providing the lowest-level latency between JPX and SGX at 63.7 milliseconds by leveraging the company's Asia Submarine Cable Express (ASE), the shortest cable route between Japan and Singapore. This new connectivity service succeeds in further shortening that time by adding an NTT Com Point of Presence (PoP) at the AP3 center in a more advantageous location that connects to the landing point via the shortest possible route. Additionally, since the new PoP is directly connected to the structured cable, an external connection is no longer needed, ultimately reducing the lead time.

Bell to Offer IBM Cloud Services in Canada

Bell, Canada's largest communications company, will give businesses across Canada access to the IBM Cloud via a secure, high-speed private connection.

New services include:

  • Bell Cloud Connect: connecting the largest and most advanced IP network in Canada to IBM Cloud for end-to-end performance, security and reliability
  • Bell Cloud Compute: running on IBM Cloud to offer a secure, scalable, self-serve environment for managed virtual machines that improves operational performance while reducing costs
  • Backup & Restore: providing access to IBM Cloud to protect customer data and applications through a secure backup location as well as ensuring availability of data and applications.

"Bell is an established leader in data hosting and cloud computing, providing customers with exceptional support from an expert nationwide team,” said Tom Little, President, Bell Business Markets. “With businesses of all kinds increasingly relying on cloud services for their mission critical applications, adding IBM Cloud services to Bell Business Cloud provides customers with the seamless integration, security and dependability they expect and require.”

CTIA Calls for Mobile Device Theft Prevention Database

CTIA has issued a Request For Proposal (RFP) to create and operate the Mobile Device Information Portal based on the Mobile Device Theft Prevention (MDTP) Working Group's recommendations to the FCC's Technological Advisory Council (TAC).

Using multiple source databases, the Mobile Device Information Portal will provide timely, succinct responses so that consumers and commercial resellers know if a mobile device is reported lost or stolen before they purchase it. In addition, law enforcement will be able to check, and hopefully return, found mobile devices to their authorized users.

By creating a central portal of reported lost and stolen mobile devices, it will help limit the black market resale of these used mobile devices in the United States.

CTIA will oversee the creation and implementation of the Mobile Device Information Portal.

The RFP is available at:

Infoblox Acquires IID for Cyber Threat Intelligence

Infoblox has acquired IID, a leader in global cyber threat intelligence, for $45 million in cash.

IID, based in Tacoma, Washington, collects threat data from thousands of trusted sources including law-enforcement agencies, Internet infrastructure providers, and open-source providers. IID’s threat research team verifies, enhances, and aggregates this data to create clear, high-quality machine-readable threat intelligence (MRTI) that is compatible with automation standards such as STIX and TAXII. This consolidated threat intelligence is distributed to more than 100 customers, among them dozens of Fortune 500 companies and U.S. government agencies, including Microsoft and the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Infoblox specializes in managing DNS, DHCP, and IP addresses—the category known as DDI. Because these services are uniquely at the center of every network, Infoblox is well positioned to spot suspicious activity, instantly block outbound communications to malicious destinations, and prevent exfiltration of intellectual property, customer information, and other sensitive data. Infoblox said the addition of IID’s ActiveTrust federated threat intelligence and big-data analytics platform enables its customers to get true context-aware security—harnessing real-world data from an organization’s IT infrastructure to improve the accuracy and relevance of security decisions.

“By bringing together the deep and very rich threat intelligence from IID with the context and the central control point that Infoblox has in the network through our DDI services, we can deliver a unique value proposition to our customers and the partners that resell our products,” said Jesper Andersen, president and chief executive officer of Infoblox. “Infoblox and IID are also both committed to the emerging standards for automated sharing of threat intelligence information that will help extend our ecosystem.”

Last year, Infoblox and IID partnered in creation of the Infoblox DNS Threat Index, a quarterly report tracking the growth of malicious domains created by cybercriminals.

Con Edison Picks Silver Spring for Smart Grid and IoT

Con Edison and Orange & Rockland (O&R) Utilities, both regulated operating companies of Consolidated Edison, selected Silver Spring to support its Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) plan for electric and gas customers. The program is expected to connect approximately 3.9 million electric and 1.3 million gas customers through the deployment of Silver Spring’s multi-application networking, data, and control platform.

“We are honored to partner with Con Edison and O&R on this groundbreaking project,” said Mike Bell, CEO and President of Silver Spring Networks. “The technology being deployed and their commitment to meeting the evolving needs of customers through the application of advanced technology builds on their nearly two centuries of innovation and customer service.”

Silver Spring also announced upgrades to its Gen5 critical infrastructure networking platform, including doubling the maximum speed of its Gen5 network to up to 2.4 Mbps, increasing computational performance by 10x, supporting simultaneous mesh communication on both 900 MHz and 2.4 GHz frequencies, integrating 4G LTE communications, and delivering simplified modularity for easier device integration. These Gen5 platform enhancements, coupled with Silver Spring’s existing multi-application, range, latency, scale, distributed intelligence, and power optimization capabilities, further enable utilities, cities and other Internet of Things (IOT) device and application providers to deliver multiple applications on a single, unified network without compromising reliability, speed, security, or cost.

Silver Spring said its systems are now supporting nearly 23 million devices.

Eutelsat Prepares for Launch of Latin American Satellite

Space Systems Loral (SSL) delivered the EUTELSAT 65 West A satellite to the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, where it will be launched aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle by Arianespace. The advanced high throughput satellite will be used by Eutelsat to provide new broadcast and broadband services in Brazil and across Latin America.

EUTELSAT 65 West A has 10 C-band and 24 Ku-band transponders, for video and data services and 24 Ka-band spot beams for broadband connectivity in key regions. The satellite is designed to provide approximately 16-kW of power at end of life. It is based on the SSL 1300 platform.

"EUTELSAT 65 West A is an exceptional and complex satellite with advanced capabilities that will bring information, entertainment and new opportunities to Latin America and to Brazil in an Olympic year," said John Celli, president of SSL. "It is our pleasure to collaborate closely with the Eutelsat team, which shares our focus on innovation and performance."